After a weekend away in Wisconsin my daughter and I were happy to be home. She had another Irish Dance Feis (rhymes with mesh) north of Milwaukee on the coldest and snowiest day of the winter for us so far. We were fortunate to leave early and be able to be ahead of the storm. As we looked out our window Friday night we saw police car lights and cars off the highway in the ditch. As people saw the police car lights they would slam on their brakes and slide on the snow and ice. We were thankful to be inside and not driving in the storm.
The next morning the roads were super messy and there was about 6″ of snow on the ground. It was a misty raining and just plain cold. As she was going into the feis someone told her she was giving off Elsa vibes this morning with the blue and white with all the snow. So we had to take a picture later of her doing her best Elsa from Frozen pose.
But we are back home and life goes on. For some reason everyone likes to eat! What do cold snowy days call for? Meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Pure comfort foods.
When after one or two bites your kids ask you why all your meatloaves aren’t this good you know you have a hit on your hands. They all loved the topping which is what made it really different. The topping is almost a sweet and sour sauce. They both liked the tang of the vinegar with the chili sauce. It was yummy.
I served this with mashed potatoes and a green vegetable.
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon ground paprika
- 1/4+ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 1 cup bread crumbs (plain)
- 1 cup milk
- 2 eggs (beaten)
- 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)
- 2/3 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup sweet chili sauce
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with non-stick spray.
- Mix ground beef, oregano, basil, parsley, paprika, red pepper flakes, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic, bread crumbs, milk, and cheese in a bowl. Mix until incorporated well but not overworked.
- Shape into a loaf and place in prepared pan.
- Combine ketchup, tomato paste, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, and sweet chili sauce in a small bowl. Mix well. Pour 1/2 over the meatloaf and rub over the top. Put the other 1/2 in the refrigerator until ready to use.
- Bake the meatloaf for 45 minutes or until 160 on a meat thermometer. Brush the remaining glaze over the top and bake for 15 more minutes.
- Remove pan from oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.